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Race in the COVID Era: What America’s History of Racism and Xenophobia Means for Today

June 8, 2020 · 4:00 pm · via Zoom – Registration Required

Associate Provost for International Affairs and Operations; Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity

As COVID-19 has swept across the United States, it has unmasked and amplified existing racial inequities.  Rampant fear and misinformation has provoked a wave of discrimination, harassment, and hate targeting those of Chinese and Asian descent.  The disease has also had a disproportionate toll on historically marginalized populations, including African Americans and Native Americans, due to unequal access to health care, residential segregation, poverty, and incarceration.  J

This conversation situates these developments within the long history of racism, exclusion, and scapegoating in the United States.  Panelists will discuss strategies to address marginalization and empower impacted communities.


Andy Kim, Congressman from New Jersey’s 3rd District

Beth Lew-Williams, Associate Professor of History, Princeton University

Keith Wailoo, Chair and Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs

Helen Zia ’73, Activist and author

Aly Kassam-Remtulla, Associate Provost for International Affairs, Princeton University (moderator)



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